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Taiwan to receive 1.7 million Moderna, AZ vaccine doses Friday: CECC

ROC Central News Agency

09/16/2021 07:07 PM

Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) Taiwan on Friday will take delivery of 1.08 million doses of Moderna and 640,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines purchased directly from the two manufacturers, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The arrival of those shipments will bring Taiwan's total supply of COVID-19 vaccines to date to 17.30 million, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at a CECC press briefing Thursday.

He said the Moderna vaccines are scheduled to arrive from Atlanta in the United States on Friday evening, while the AstraZenca doses will also arrive on the same day.

The 640,000 doses of AstraZeneca, purchased directly from the manufacturer, will be transported to a cold storage warehouse, where they will be inspected before being released to the local governments for administration to the public, Chen said.

The incoming 1.08 million doses of the Moderna will be reserved primarily as second shots for people who have received their first jab of that brand, he said.

Meanwhile, Taiwan will begin rollout Friday of its current stock of 300,000 Moderna vaccines, opening appointments for the 291,000 seniors over the age of 74 who got their first shot of that brand at least 10 weeks ago, Chen said.

Taiwan has ordered a total of 5.05 million doses of Moderna from the American drugmaker and 10 million doses of AstraZeneca from the U.K.-based manufacturer.

The new shipment of Moderna on Friday will bring the total number of doses received directly from the drugmaker to 2.58 million, while its total AstraZenca deliveries from the manufacturer will increase to roughly 4.37 million, according to the CECC.

According to Chen, the Taiwan government has signed a new contract to purchase 36 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, while negotiations on new orders from AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech are in the pipeline.

That means Taiwan will have enough COVID-19 vaccines to administer third and fourth booster shots over the next two years, if necessary, he said.

Taiwan's inventory of vaccines currently includes stocks purchased directly from the manufacturers, supplies obtained via the global vaccine sharing platform COVAX, and donations from countries such as Japan, the United States, Poland and Lithuania.

(By Chen Chien-lin, Chang Ming-hsuan and Ko Lin)


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